How to Clean Vacuum Cleaner Hose

Clean Vacuum Cleaner Hose

Clean your vacuum cleaner for it to work
at its best.

You utilize a vacuum to clean your home — but do you ever clean your vacuum? Like any other equipment, a vacuum cleaner must be taken care of to work at its best.

In particular, the hose is a part of the vacuum that many individuals use for direct cleaning, and over time, it’s going to get dirty. There’s even a possibility that the hose may become blocked if you don’t keep up with regular maintenance.

That’s why we’re going to show you how to clean a vacuum hose so you’ll be able to keep cleaning your household efficiently.

How to Clean a Vacuum Hose

Now you know there’s an issue, you need to know how to clean a vacuum hose appropriately. Let’s go through the six stages.

1. Detach the Hose

To start cleaning, the initial step is to detach the hose from the vacuum. How you do this will differ depending on the brand and model you have. Usually, it will involve twisting out the hose or pressing a button.

The most significant thing is to avoid using excessive force. It’s not intended to be difficult — if it doesn’t feel right, there may be another way to detach it. If you’re not sure how to remove the hose, stop, and check the user guide.

For safety reasons, also ensure your vacuum is not connected to a power outlet. This way, you’ll avoid horrible shocks or your vacuum suddenly switching on when you’re trying to disconnect the hose.

2. Unclog and Remove Clumps

Next, it’s time to eliminate any debris and clumps of dirt that are visible in the hose. Just lay your hose out flat and straight on the floor or a table to do this.

You can utilize something thin and long to push any clumps out from inside. We’d recommend utilizing the handle of a broom or mop for this. This should force out anything wedged in the middle that can’t effortlessly be reached.

Just be careful since a vacuum hose is made from a flexible, lightweight material. The last thing you need to do is cause a hole by being too forceful.

3. Wash it Out

How to Clean the Inside of a Vacuum Cleaner Hose

Washing your vacuum cleaner hose removes dirt
that’s sticking in the inner folds.

A good way to remove the dirt that’s sticking to the inner folds is to wash it out. You can fill up the sink with about 4 inches of water. Then mix in one or two spurts of dish soap or a mild detergent.

It’s best to submerge the hose fully. This allows water to move through the inside and cleanse the material. You can also wash the outer hose with a damp cloth. It’s wise to avoid using harsh chemicals if this damages the material.

Do you need to sanitize your vacuum hose? Try using baking soda and distilled white vinegar for this work. These common household ingredients are a good way to get rid of bacteria and germs without selecting strong bleaches.

For instance, the acetic acid found in vinegar can help to kill bacteria and prevent you from getting E. coli. Attempt mixing half a cup of baking soda and two cups of vinegar with some water. Just pour it through the hose and enjoy the magic fizzing.

4. Use a Bottle Cleaning Brush

If your vacuum hose is really dirty, there may be some stubborn grime you can’t remove. This is going to be mostly inside in the folds you can’t reach easily. So, for help with this work, you may need to use a bottle cleaning brush.

The bristles on this kind of brush might be just what you need to scrub lingering and awkward dirt. They’re thin and long — just the correct size to get into the middle.

5. Rinse the Inside

After washing and scrubbing the vacuum hose, it’s time to rinse it out. Take advantage of the water pressure directly from the faucet for this job.

Let the water run through the hose to flush out any loose dirt or stain. You may need to hold the hose in a ‘U’ shape. This way, you can shake the water around before it runs out the other side.

6. Let it Dry

Before connecting the hose back into your vacuum, it’s best to allow it dry. To allow water to move out of the inner folds, you can suspend it up.

This can be over a shower curtain rod or somewhere similar around the home or yard that enables excess water to drain out. You can also give it a fast shake. Allow the hose to dry for some hours before fixing it back into place.

Then, it’s time to see if your hard work has assisted. Hopefully, you should turn it on and notice a difference in suction or that there’s no longer a bad smell. If there’s still a problem with your vacuum, there may be another problem that requires to be repaired.

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